A scenic picture of Lord Street in Southport, featuring The Atkinson. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Young people in Southport will benefit from £150,000 funding from the Government to improve facilities at The Atkinson and at Sefton North District Scouts Waterside Lodge.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is providing funding through the Youth Investment Fund (YIF), to upgrade and refurbish educational and sporting facilities.

DCMS has announced the third tranche of YIF funding, which will provide over £90 million to rebuild or refurbish 140 projects across the country, including in Southport.

The YIF funding will provide £125,793.00 to The Atkinson to refurbish its educational facilities. 

A further £25,200.00 will be provided to Sefton North District Scouts Waterside Lodge.

The Youth Investment Fund represents a £300,000 fund for rebuilding or renovating up to 300 youth facilities over the next two years, with the aim of supporting an additional 45,000 young people per year to access youth facilities.

The objective of YIF is to create, expand, and improve local youth facilities and their services, with the aim of driving positive outcomes for young people, including improved mental and physical wellbeing, and skills for life and work.

Southport MP Damien Moore, said:

“The Government has a strong record on raising skills and literacy across the UK, with fluency, literature, and numeracy increasing dramatically under Conservative stewardship.

“I remain steadfast in fulfilling our ambitious commitment to achieving the 90% schooling compliance in providing; and exceeding, expected reading, writing, and mathematical standards by 2030.

“I welcome DCMS’ complementary Stage 3 YIF investment into Southport’s Atkinson and Waterside Lodge; continuing and reinforcing my longstanding campaign to improve children’s educational and healthcare services across Southport.” 


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